Separating and gathering

For the past couple of days I have been sorting through the pictures that were taken before, during, and after the wedding. I had downloaded all of them to my computer and from there I moved the ones I wanted to keep into a separate folder. As the “creator” of these pictures, I knew what I wanted in a picture and if a picture didn’t have what I wanted then I discarded it.

The whole process reminded me of these two passages: Matthew 3:12, “He [Jesus] is ready to separate the chaff from the wheat with his winnowing fork. Then he will clean up the threshing area, gathering the wheat into his barn but burning the chaff with never-ending fire,” and Matthew 25:32-33, “All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.”

I don’t know what God saw in me. Many times I feel like the chaff or the goat—I “mess up,” and I struggle within me of what I want to do for God and what I actually do. I know my own thoughts and feelings, and I know that I don’t deserve anything that God has done for me. I suppose that is why I am really grateful; that even though I am this imperfect being, He allows me to be in His presence. Not only that, but I can call Him, “Father” and He hears my prayers.

Sometimes life gets so complicated—I get so busy and I barely have time to even read the Bible. It’s so terrible. I long for the time to just sit and talk with God– no distractions, no noise– just God.  Perhaps I will have that opportunity soon.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti
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